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DEBT: A downside to divided Congress

Letter by Mike Hirko, Gig Harbor on Nov. 22, 2011 at 4:43 pm with 6 Comments »
November 23, 2011 9:25 am

It has long been held that a divided Congress is the best Congress because the houses balance each other out and neither party could get away with any significant change.

Unfortunately, we have now witnessed the downside of that philosophy with the failure of the supercommittee to reach and debt deal (TNT, 11-22),  and it couldn’t have happened at a worse time. With diehard Democrat and Republican voters blindly voting their ideological line, the independent voter holds the key to get this country moving again.

As repugnant as it sounds, perhaps the answer lies in no longer splitting our ballot based on candidate qualifications and, instead, forcing ourselves to take the bad with the good and vote completely down a single party line. One thing is certain: Re-electing the present Congress will not move this country forward.

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  1. falkoja6 says:

    Clean house and vote out all the incumbents. After all, they have created this mess with our help of course. Bringing home the “pork” regardless of the cost has wasted so much money over the years it is pathetic. New blood is needed , seniority be dammed!!!

  2. sandblower says:

    The Supercommittee’s failure was a good thing. Reason it carefully.

  3. alindasue says:

    “As repugnant as it sounds, perhaps the answer lies in no longer splitting our ballot based on candidate qualifications and, instead, forcing ourselves to take the bad with the good and vote completely down a single party line.”

    That is probably the worst suggestion I have ever read. It does no good to even have representatives in our republic unless they can show they are qualified to represent our interests.

    However, we do need to carefully weed out with our votes those representatives who have shown an inability to cooperate together and work for the benefit of our country rather than “the party” interests.

  4. LarryFine says:

    It was a failure by design… don’t forget who controls the government right now(and over 3 years). The executive and half the legislative branch is controlled by them. As long as they can keep fooling the masses with this type of partisan politics they stand to possibly gain by it.

  5. Vox_clamantis_in_deserto says:

    Addition by subtraction, LF. Purposely “lose”, i.e. subtract, net yardage on the Super Committee punt, while gaining talking points from the bully pulpit, all-too-eagerly parroted by the msm.

    According to Gallup, a cynical John Q Public ain’t buying it though. But, like every other half a$$ed move this… president has made, he will not back-off the strategy.

    I think he’s all-in on a hard eight. Sucker bet.

  6. “By fostering an illusion among the powerless classes that it can make their interests a priority,” Sheldon Wolin writes, “the Democratic Party pacifies and thereby defines the style of an opposition party in an inverted totalitarian system.”The Democrats and the Liberals are always able to offer up a least-worst alternative while, in fact, doing little or nothing to thwart the march toward corporate collectivism.

    http://www.adbusters.org/magazine/96/chris-hedges-revolution-in-america.html

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